COVID-19: HHS Decree Looks To Shield Manufacturers From Future Liability Suits
Declaration provides legal immunity under emergency preparedness act
The US Department of Health and Human Services is offering some legal protection to developers of devices and diagnostics for use in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
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